My Approach to Therapy
I believe therapy should be relationship and theory centered. Meaning there is a high degree of relatedness between you and your therapist. That you feel heard, understood, seen, and at ease with the therapist who is skilled in crafting new outcomes with you. We all yearn to feel loved, accepted and understood for who we truly are. When the right conditions are present, humans are wired to heal.
MFTs take a holistic perspective to health; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals & their families or chosen family. I'm comfortable working with diverse cultural backgrounds.
In the therapy room I'm a combination of supportive and directive in order to coach and guide clients toward change. At times I may assign therapeutic homework for the client to complete in-between sessions.
How I can help:
Gaining insight on what is causing your anxiety or depression
Identifying and changing negative thinking patterns so you can get unstuck
Finding the motivation to change
Teach you coping skills that will help you to confidently navigate through challenges
Exploring lifestyle changes that can help you gain optimal health
Training, Credentials & Experience
My background as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is very diverse with extensive experience in the USA, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. I have worked in private settings, teen residential settings and military clinical settings serving diverse cultural populations.
I specialize in EFT (emotional focused therapy) & ABFT (attachment based family therapy) an interpersonal, process-oriented, and emotionally-focused approach that works to develop or rebuild an emotionally secure individual, couple or family system. Attachment views human beings as innately relational, social and wired for intimate bonding with others.
I"m originally from Boston, Massachusetts, USA but headed south for a warmer climate where I achieved my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University, USA, graduating with honors.
I then went further south to obtain my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida, USA. It is AAMFT & COAMFTE accredited - the most stringent standard in the USA for Marriage and Family Therapy Programs.
After my graduate program I was proudly accepted to be part of a clinical research team at the Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse at the University of Miami in Florida, USA under the supervision of Howard Liddle Ph.D the creator of the model Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). I was part of a group of therapist assigned to execute and provide therapy trials to teens a families testing the efficacy of MDFT which is now a well known reputable treatment model.
Later, I returned to the north where I lived in New York City and I enjoyed a successful career in non-profit program operations management and clinical supervision for outpatient counseling programs.
In 2007, I was offered the opportunity to work for the Department of Defense to provide outpatient therapy services to individuals, couples, and families on US military installations in Germany and Japan. While in Germany, I become a lactation counselor providing breastfeeding consultation, bonding, and attachment education for American Nationals in Stuttgart.
Most recently, I became trained in Emotional-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), two evidence-based models of treatment. These models are an interpersonal, process-oriented approach that supports clients in developing or rebuilding an emotionally secure individual, couple, or family system.
During my training for ABFT, I had direct supervision from Guy Diamond PhD (the primary developer of ABFT) and co-developer Suzzane Levy PhD leading me to develop my private practice focusing specifically on ABFT and EFT. To enhance my skills in EFT I attend Dr. Sue Johnson's (creator of EFT for couples) trainings when available.
Since 2007, I've been licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist, and have since deeply enjoyed providing mental health services from my private practice.
Master’s of Science Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, NOVA Southeastern University, USA, 2001
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, North Carolina State University, USA, 1997
Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, Credential # 80041
Member of the European Family Therapy Association
Marriage & Family Therapist License # MT2175, Florida, USA
Marriage & Family Therapist License # LF 60959009, Washington, USA